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Nikon helps "Capture Aspirations" of youths living in rental flat community, Jalan Kukoh

SINGAPORE, 27 February 2014 – Nikon Singapore, is pleased to support the first Community Photography Exhibition to be held in two locations, the first one on the 1st and 2nd of March 2014. Embracing the spirit of community, the exhibition will be held in the void deck of Block 9 in Jalan Kukoh.

The second location will be at The Gallery@Clarke Quay Central, from the 13th - 16th of March. 

The exhibition features the works of 10 youth participants from 9 to 15 years old living in Jalan Kukoh, a rental flat community in Chinatown. The 10 youth participants are graduates of the first CaptureAspiration programme, jointly organised by AspiringforMore and Make The Change (social enterprise arm of M.A.D School).


Alan Lim and the young participants from Jalan Kukoh

Led by renowned Nikon Professional Photographers C.S.Ling and Alan Lim, participants learnt the techniques to using a Nikon DSLR camera as well as how to write visual narratives of their thoughts and lives through images.


C.S.Ling and the students on a Nature Photography session at Hort Park

They also found opportunities to network with adults who were role models to them, such as a police detective, a professional photographer and entrepreneurs, during an Aspirational Dinner that was graced by MP Lily Neo who marvelled at the photos taken by the budding photographers.


MP Lily Neo (Third from left) with the young budding photographers

More than 60 photographs taken with Nikon DSLR cameras will be on display, accompanied with the short stories written by the youth participants. The exhibition showcases the intimate and interesting thoughts of their experiences in the rental flat community. Interesting episodes photographed include the story of Saddam, a 13-year old boy, who tried to care for some stray cats with his own pocket money, Aishya who took baby steps to embracing the community after she settled in with her mum, to that of an introspection of nostalgia by Syafiqah, aged 11.

In addition, some of the youth participants have volunteered to help organise this exhibition, taking on the roles of exhibition designers and marketing directors.

The public are welcomed to visit photography exhibition and see Jalan Kukoh through the lenses of the children and youths living in the community. Details of the exhibition are as follows:

Date: 1 & 2 March 2014
Time: 10.00am – 8.00pm
Venue: Blk 9, Jalan Kukoh, Singapore 160009

Date: 13, 14, 15 and 16 March 2014
Time: 10.00am – 11.00pm
Venue: The Gallery@Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817 

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/makethechangeSG and www.facebook.com/aspiringformore


About Nikon

Since 1917, Nikon has maintained an unwavering commitment to its corporate philosophy, “Trustworthiness and Creativity. As a globally renowned brand and a dedicated camera manufacturer for imaging products, Nikon is committed to carrying on its photographic leadership into the next generation. Sharing the joy of photography with people of all ages, whether you are a beginner, amateur, or professional photographer, Nikon combines both innovation and dedication in its continuous advancement of quality imaging products. Nikon aims to be "at the heart of the image,” providing all with the means possible to capture priceless and beautiful memories through the steady line up of quality imaging products  being developed year after year for the ever-growing photographic market.

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About Alan Lim

Principle Photographer of Eleven Singapore and Photographer Mentor of School of Photography Singapore(SOP), before Alan founded these two companies he had already been in the photography and media industry for 14 years. The formal Senior Executive Photographer of The Straits Times is also a multi awards winning photographer, his work has won him many local and international awards, including Lucie Awards- International Photographer of the Year, Nikon Photojournalism, and WAN-IFRA. 

For photography assignments, Alan has photographed and commissioned by some of the most iconic and powerful personalities in our generation. From politicians like US President George Bush, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Singapore founding father Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, to celebrities like Jackie Chan, Zhang Zhiyi, Michelle Yeoh, Gordon Ramsay and Anthony Bordain, just to name a few. 

For photography education, Alan has been broadening the photography art culture by sharing his invaluable experience and knowledge with all photography lovers from all over the world. He runs regular photography courses and organises memorable destination photography workshops/tours in some of the most colorful locations across Asia. The mission is to make a positive difference to the people and environment of destinations he travels to.

About C.S.Ling 

C.S. Ling is a professional wildlife photographer based in Singapore who endeavours to raise awareness on environmental and wildlife issues in Asia through the power of photography. She is an experienced photography instructor / lecturer / speaker / tour leader who has taught & inspired students and photo enthusiasts of all ages, from all around the world.

Recently, she expanded into Pets Photography, creating beautiful portraits that showcase the love & joy between pets and their families.

C.S. Ling is endorsed as a Nikon Singapore Professional Photographer, SanDisk Extreme Team Member, X-Rite's Coloratti and Gitzo Ambassador (Singapore). She has won numerous awards under her belt. In 2012, she emerged as the Grand Prize Winner of the Windland Smith Rice International Photography Awards 2012 and in 2013, her winning work is exhibited at the prestigious Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, USA. 

Her dedication to educate the younger generation has earned her the title of "Great Women of Our Time 2011 (Arts & Media)" organized by Singapore Women's Weekly magazine and "Green Role Model" at the Green Carpet Awards 2011 organized by National Geographic Explorer & Nikon Singapore. Her works are published worldwide notably in National Geographic Explorer magazine and SilkWinds magazine.